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Hymn: “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”

by PastorWilliams on April 24th, 2015

Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

Author: Sigismund von Birken (1626-81)
Translator: Lutheran Book of Worship (1978)
Typical Tune: Lasset uns mit Jesu Ziehen, Georg G. Boltze (18th century)

(acapella quartet)

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HYMN BACKGROUND

Sigismund von Birken was the son of an Evangelical pastor in Bohemia. His family was forced to flee to Nurnberg when he was three. Birken was an established poet and was appointed a tutor at the age of 16 to the Princes of Brunswick-Lunesburg. His poetic skills led to publication of 52 hymns. However, only three of them have been translated into English. The most prominent of these hymns is “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus”.

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LYRICS

1 Let us ever walk with Jesus,
Follow His example pure,
Flee the world, which would deceive us
And to sin our souls allure.
Ever in His footsteps treading,
Body here, yet soul above,
Full of faith and hope and love,
Let us do the Father’s bidding.
Faithful Lord, abide with me;
Savior, lead, I follow Thee.

2 Let us suffer here with Jesus,
To His image e’er conform;
Heaven’s glory soon will please us,
Sunshine follow on the storm.
Tho’ we sow in tears of sorrow,
We shall reap in heav’nly joy;
And the fears that now annoy
Shall be laughter on the morrow.
Christ, I suffer here with Thee;
There, oh share Thy joy with me!

3 Let us also die with Jesus.
His death from the second death,
From our soul’s destruction, frees us,
Quickens us with life’s glad breath.
Let us mortify, while living,
Flesh and blood and die to sin;
And the grave that shuts us in
Shall but prove the gate to heaven.
Jesus, here I die to Thee
There to live eternally.

4 Let us gladly live with Jesus;
Since He’s risen from the dead,
Death and grave must soon release us.
Jesus, Thou art now our Head,
We are truly Thine own members;
Where Thou livest, there live we.
Take and own us constantly,
Faithful Friend, as Thy dear brethren.
Jesus, here I live to Thee,
Also there eternally.

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COMMENTARY

This hymn of prayer is a wonderful reminder that we should ever seek to walk the path Jesus has laid out for us (Hebrews 12:1-2). Only on this path will we find the pearly gates.

Do we stumble? Absolutely. The sorrows and struggles of this world are the reason we want to walk with Jesus. He came to earth to share our woe and take it away. In this life and in our death, we simply strive to follow Jesus throughout our lives.

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